With the spread of COVID-19, organizers of literary events across the United States have devised creative ways to move programming online and build community among writers.
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The first lines of a dozen noteworthy books including Seeing the Body by Rachel Eliza Griffiths and Parakeet by Marie-Helene Bertino.
A campaign started by James Patterson has raised more than $1.2 million to help indie bookstores struggling to stay afloat during the pandemic.
The Book Traces project at the University of Virginia documents annotations, marks, and objects found in library books, creating a record of readers’ engagement with the book as a physical object.
“The uneven rhythms of grief don’t allow you to do or to feel life as you did before.” —Rachel Eliza Griffiths, author of Seeing the Body
A message to self-proclaimed allies: Actions speak louder than words.
Sarah J. Sloat’s Hotel Almighty, forthcoming from Sarabande Books on September 15, 2020.
“What’s most fundamental is being able to listen.” —Lauren Russell, author of Descent
The author of This Is One Way to Dance reflects on using fragments to build a larger structure.
The 2020 National Youth Poet Laureate talks about the intersection of poetry and activism, creativity during the pandemic, and more.
Ross Gay’s Be Holding, forthcoming from the University of Pittsburgh Press on September 8, 2020.
“I have a deeply unhealthy work-life balance in that the Venn diagram of those things is a circle.” —Ilana Masad, author of All My Mother’s Lovers
The author of This Is One Way to Dance considers the consonances and dissonances between dance and writing.
Jamie Marina Lau’s Pink Mountain on Locust Island, forthcoming from Coffee House Press on September 8, 2020.
“I’m mistrustful of writing advice in general.” —Kate Zambreno, author of Drifts
The author of This Is One Way to Dance shares how notes—footnotes, codas, prologues, corrections—figure into her writing process.
Yaa Gyasi’s Transcendent Kingdom, forthcoming from Knopf on September 8, 2020.
The author of And Then We Grew Up considers solitude, loneliness, and the act of writing in a city hit hard by COVID-19.
“It is a vulnerable thing to expose one’s least-glamorous moments to the scrutiny of the page.” —Cooper Lee Bombardier, author of Pass With Care
Jessica Gross’s Hysteria, forthcoming from Unnamed Press on August 18, 2020.
The author of White Blood: A Lyric of Virginia discusses definitions of poetry, ancestral silence, and unpacking American history’s “white blood.”
Reading Tolstoy’s War and Peace as part of a virtual book club hosted by Yiyun Li and A Public Space has become a comforting ritual during the pandemic.
“Write what you do not know, which I think is particularly helpful because—not to sound too much like Socrates—I’m not really convinced that anyone knows anything.” —John Elizabeth Stintzi, author of Vanishing Monuments
The author of The Nix struggles with the pressure to be productive during the pandemic and finds relief in celebrating the small victories.
The author of The Prettiest Star shares strategies and questions that help him get to know his characters.